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Seasonal work

When you intend to come to Finland to do seasonal work, you must apply for the appropriate permit for it. The different kinds of seasonal work permits are visa for seasonal work, certificate for seasonal work and residence permit for seasonal work. The duration of your work will affect what permit you need to apply for.

The types of seasonal work to which the Seasonal Workers Act is applied include agricultural and garden work, forestry and work in the tourism sector. See a more detailed list of seasonal jobs. The Seasonal Workers Act applies also to temporary agency work.

When you are in Finland on a residence permit for seasonal work, your family members cannot be granted a residence permit in Finland on the basis of family ties.

The processing situation of applications for seasonal work permits

You do not need a seasonal work permit if

  • you are coming to Finland from a visa-free country to pick wild berries for a maximum of 90 days, and the berry picking is not done in an employment relationship. If you pick forest berries under an employment contract, you need to apply for a residence permit for an employed person (TTOL).
  • You are a citizen of an EU country or Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. You can work in Finland without a residence permit. If you stay in Finland for longer than three months, you have to register your right of residence
  • you are a British citizen, you have resided in Finland before 31 December 2020 and your residence has been of a permanent nature. If you have arrived in Finland on 1 January 2021 or after that date, you must apply for a permit for seasonal work. For more information about British citizens’ right to work, see the page Brexit.

You cannot be granted a seasonal work permit in the following cases:

  • If you work as a freelancer and have not entered into an employment contract with a company operating in Finland.
  • If you live permanently in an EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
  • If you are a posted worker.
  • If you are coming to Finland to work as a picker of wild berries. 
  • If you have an employment contract that is valid for an indefinite period of time.

The duration of your work will affect what permit you need to apply for

People coming to work for less than three months:

  • If you are coming from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa, apply for a seasonal work visa from a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate).
  • If you are coming from a country whose citizens are not required to have a visa, apply for a seasonal work certificate at the Finnish Immigration Service. The certificate for seasonal work proves your right to work. For your stay in Finland to be legal, you also need to have visa-free days at your disposal for the whole period of validity of your certificate. A certificate for seasonal work does not extend your visa-free stay in Finland.
  • If you are going to work as a picker of wild berries, you do not need to apply for a permit. You must, however, obtain a visa from a Finnish mission if you come from a country whose citizens are required to have a visa.

If you are coming to work for three to six months:

Apply for a residence permit for seasonal work at the Finnish Immigration Service.

If you are coming to work for six to nine months:

  • Apply for a residence permit for seasonal work at the Finnish Immigration Service. In this case, your application will be processed in two stages. First, the Employment and Economic Development Office issues a partial decision. Then the Finnish Immigration Service processes the application and decides on the permit.
  • The length of the employment relationship determines the duration of the permit granted.

How to add a new employer to your seasonal work permit

  • If you want to add a new employer of seasonal workers to your valid seasonal work permit, you can apply for the addition of a new employer.
  • Read more about the addition of a new employer.

As a seasonal worker, you must apply separately to the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) for entitlement to social security and healthcare

You do not automatically have the right to use municipal healthcare in Finland. Read more about a seasonal worker's rights on the Kela website.

The processing situation of applications for seasonal work permits

During the high season for seasonal work, we update the processing situation of seasonal work applications on this page every Tuesday.

We process applications for seasonal work in the order in which they have been submitted. However, we take into account the starting date of the employment in the processing if the application has been submitted in good time before the start date of your employment. If you submit your application well in advance, you will usually receive a decision in good time. We try to process applications submitted for the same employer at the same time. Please wait patiently for the decision. As all applications for seasonal work permits are considered urgent, no requests to expedite are taken into account.

Requests for certificates for seasonal work

  • By 12.9.2022, approximately 4733 requests for a certificate for seasonal work have been submitted during the year 2022.
  • Requests submitted on 9.9.2022 are currently waiting to be processed. 
  • So far, 5573 requests for a certificate for seasonal work have been decided. 

Application for a residence permit for seasonal work (duration 3 to 9 months)

  • By 12.9.2022, approximately 1333 applications for a residence permit for seasonal work have been submitted during the year 2022.
  • Applications submitted on 29.8.2022 are currently waiting to be processed.
  • So far, 1471 applications for a residence permit for seasonal work have been decided.

Request for the addition of a new employer

  • So far, 81 requests for the addition of a new employer have been decided.

More information

Updates about the corona situation: migri.fi/coronavirus

For instructions about applying, see the pages You are in Finland and You are not in Finland.

Are you an employer of seasonal workers? 

Read the instructions for employers of seasonal workers.